New Resource from NewsBank: Black Life in America

Black Life in America—a unique digital archive of news media—presents the broad sweep of African American history in ways no other online resource can match. By offering balanced coverage from diverse sources published across four centuries, this extraordinary product provides critical perspectives on the experiences of being Black in America.

From Black-owned newspapers to mainstream publications, this primary source collection offers an expansive window into centuries of African American history, culture and daily life—as well as the ways the dominant culture has portrayed and perceived people of African descent. Packed with information unavailable elsewhere, Black Life in America is sourced from more than 19,000 American and global news sources, including over 400 African American publications. Provides full-text searching as well as access to content by Topic, Event, and Eras in African American History. Updated daily.

Small Business Video Tutorials

If you’re a small business owner, you know the East Baton Rouge Parish Library is the place to go. (Did you not know that? Ooh, awkward! Now you do!) But did you know that we now have video tutorials you can use to refresh your memory after your one-on-one consultation with one of our small business staff? The first two – a general overview of our digital platforms, and an in-depth look at Gale Business: Plan Builder – are available now!

These are great resources to help you keep momentum on developing your small business.

Louisiana Author Project – applications open April 1!

East Baton Rouge Parish Library is pleased to join in the announcement of a local author contest that will accept submissions of adult and young adult fiction, to be recognized as the top indie-published eBooks in Louisiana. The application will open on Thursday, April 1st.

Winners in each category will receive $500 as well as:

  • Inclusion in Indie Louisiana, a digital collection of local authors on BiblioBoard Library
  • Honors at the 2021 spring IAP Reception
  • Opportunities to promote the winning title at Louisiana public libraries
  • Inclusion in a full page spread in Library Journal, one of America’s oldest and most renowned trade publications for library news
  • Opportunities to earn royalties through the IAP Select collection

For indie-published authors, the contest is a fantastic prospect to elevate their careers and expand their readership. Along with the accolade of the award and its perks, being recognized by librarians creates credibility and visibility in the growing marketplace of digital content and indie-published books. Winning authors will reach hundreds if not thousands of new readers via the library, and can also leverage being an award-winning indie author for additional marketing opportunities.

EBRPL is excited for this opportunity to connect with local indie authors and support them with digital resources on self-publishing, marketing, and more.

Each book that is submitted to the contest must be:

  • Independently-published
  • In the category of adult or young adult fiction
  • Written by a Louisiana resident
  • Available in either PDF or ePUB format

The contest will accept submissions April 1, 2020 through May 31, 2020. Authors can submit at

LPB Documentary Preview: Coded Bias

Louisiana Public Broadcasting presents a virtual preview screening of Coded Bias on Monday, March 15 at 6PM. Directed by award-winning filmmaker Shalini Kantayya, Coded Bias, from Independent Lens PBS, follows MIT Media Lab researcher Joy Buolamwini, along with data scientists, mathematicians and watchdog groups from different parts of the world, as they fight to expose the discrimination within the facial recognition algorithms now prevalent across all spheres of daily life. Buolamwini’s startling discovery that the algorithm for facial recognition technology could not detect dark-skinned faces or women with accuracy led to her realization that the very machines learning algorithms intended to avoid prejudice are only as unbiased as the humans and historical data programming them.

The film explores an increasingly data-driven, automated world, where the question of how to protect individuals’ civil liberties in the face of artificial intelligence looms larger by the day. Praised as “cleareyed” by The New York Times and “a chilling plunge into Orwellian reality” by The Hollywood Reporter, Coded Bias illustrates the profound ways in which algorithms have come to shape people’s lives, with very little oversight from public and elected officials,” said Kantayya. “It’s my hope that the film pushes audiences toward a greater awareness about how these disruptive technologies impact issues of equality and equity and that it in turn encourages more people to speak up and hold the companies behind them accountable.”

Following LPB’s virtual preview screening of Coded Bias, hear from expert panelists who discuss the film and the implications of facial recognition technology. The conversation will be moderated by Dr. Robyn Merrick, Vice President of External Affairs for the Southern University System. Panelists for the virtual event include Angela A. Allen-Bell, Associate Professor, B. K. Agnihotri Endowed Professor, Southern University Law Center; Kelly G. Carmena, Criminal Clinic Supervising Attorney, Southern University Law Center; and Alanah Odoms, Executive Director of the ACLU of Louisiana.

For details and to register for this free screening event, go to documentary will make its broadcast premier on LPB on March 22nd at 7pm.

South Branch Open House Charrette

The Library invites the community to give their design input for the upcoming South Branch Library that will be located on Glasgow Avenue at Rouzan, off of Perkins Road. Come to the Open House Charrette at the Bluebonnet Regional Branch from 3:30 until 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 10. For more information, call (225) 231-3750.

What is a charrette? A charrette is a planning meeting that allows all stakeholders – in this case, Baton Rougeans, library administration, and the new branch’s design team – to work collaboratively on a project. This is an opportunity for you to suggest what you’d like to see as part of the new branch and comment on any existing designs.

One Book, One Community: The Yellow House by Sarah M. Broom

Join us this spring as we celebrate The Yellow House by Sarah M. Broom, a National Book Award-winning memoir named one of the 10 Best Books of the Year by the New York Times. For a complete season schedule, visit the InfoGuide at To register for any OBOC program, go to the Events Calendar at Check out what’s coming up:

■ Place: How Historic Resources Define Significance in Our Cultures
12 p.m. Thursday, March 11, Virtual
■ Introduction to Library Edition
6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 16, Main Library at Goodwood & Virtual
■ Resources for African-American Genealogy
10 a.m. Saturday, March 27, Main Library at Goodwood & Virtual
■ From Home Maker to Culture Shaper: Black Women’s Creative Legacy with Dr. Sharbreon Plummer
2 p.m. Saturday, March 20, Main Library at Goodwood & Virtual
■ DIY Oral History Workshop
3 p.m. Sunday, April 11, Main Library at Goodwood
■ Certified Homebuyer Education Courses with the Louisiana Housing Corporation
March & April. Visit for more information.
■ Author Event with Sarah M. Broom & Margaret Wilkerson Sexton
Time TBA Saturday, May 15, Main Library at Goodwood

■ Book Discussions of The Yellow House, unless otherwise noted:
• 1 p.m. Monday, March 15, Fairwood Branch, Virtual
• 11 a.m. Friday, March 19, Zachary Branch
• 3 p.m. Sunday, March 21, Main Library at Goodwood
• 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 31, Greenwell Springs Road Regional Branch, Virtual
• 4:30 p.m. Monday, March 29, Carver Branch, Virtual
• 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 6, Carver Branch (The Revisioners by Margaret Wilkerson Sexton)
• 12 p.m. Friday, April 16, with Dr. Robyn Merrick, Virtual

■ Grab & Geaux Craft Programs
• Yellow House Art Canvas Miniatures, all month long,
Pride-Chaneyville Branch
• Interactive Display, all month long, Scotlandville Branch
• Paper Rocket, Monday, March 1, Fairwood Branch
• Louisiana String Art, March 1,
Greenwell Springs Road Regional Branch
• Family Map, March 8-14, Jones Creek Regional Branch
• Photo Coaster, 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 10,
Eden Park Branch
• Fleur de Lis Art, Tuesday, March 16, Fairwood Branch

Louisiana Disaster Preliminary Damage Self-Report

Was your home damaged by last week’s winter storm? The Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness may be able to help. This short online survey allows you to report any and all affects the winter storm may have had on your home. Everything counts, whether you lost a few shingles, had a cracked water pipe in your ceiling, or completely lost your house. You can also report experiences with water, power, or gas failure; damage to appliances from power surges or burst pipes; and emergency supplies, like water, infant formula, and generators, that you bought to make up for a lack of utilities. The survey does not guarantee disaster aid, but it is the first step in the recovery process.

Mid City Micro-Con Presents: Milton Davis

Looking for more opportunities to celebrate inclusive and diverse comics this year? Look no further than your local library! The Mid City Micro-Con crew will be highlighting comics, topics, and creators throughout 2021, leading up to the big event this summer…
Join us as we chat virtually with Atlanta-based indie author and publisher Milton Davis at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, February 27. Author of Amber and the Enchanted Sword, Milton Davis owns MVmedia, a publishing company that provides exciting science fiction and fantasy stories based on African/African Diaspora culture, history, and tradition. He’s also one of the hand-picked authors who contributed to this year’s new Marvel anthology, Black Panther: Tales of Wakanda, featuring original stories by authors from across the African Diaspora. To explore more of his work, visit
Register for this FREE virtual event on this webpage or call 225-231-3750 for assistance.
Missed out on the 2020 Mid City Micro-Con? View the recordings and more at